Peters and Portman Seek Firsthand Accounts of Challenges to Secure PPE and other Medical Supplies in Early Months of COVID-19 Pandemic

As part of their ongoing oversight efforts of federal pandemic preparedness and the COVID-19 response, U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Rob Portman (R-OH), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, are seeking firsthand accounts of efforts to secure personal protective equipment and other critical medical supplies during the first half of 2020.

To help examine reports of fraud, exploitation, and faulty equipment and medical supplies, Peters and Portman invite health care providers, state and local governments, first responders, and others to share information about vendors, counterfeit medical products, price-gouging, or other challenges obtaining supplies during the response. The information received will help inform the Senators’ bipartisan oversight of the federal pandemic response, and support their efforts to strengthen U.S. medical supply chains, improve emergency preparedness, highlight new and successful supply chain methods, and prevent bad actors from taking advantage of future national crises.

Individuals can report their firsthand accounts to the Senators by providing their information here.